Herbert J. Aper

December 30, 1943August 15, 2013

   Mapleton, IL – Herbert J. Aper, 69, of Mapleton passed away at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

   He was born Dec. 30, 1943 in Lincoln, IL to Julius and Tryphena Aper.  He married Eileen Lofthouse in Bartonville on Sept. 6, 2003.  She survives. 

   Also surviving are 2 daughters, Julie (Tom) Miller of Joliet, IL, Janelle Aper of Bartonville; 3 step-sons, John (Tammy) Lofthouse of Peoria, Steven (Teresa) Lofthouse of Washington, IL, Michael Lofthouse of Peoria; 2 sisters, Judy (Leroy) McCray of Lincoln, IL, Joyce Slifer of Mode, IL; 2 special granddaughters, Kristin (Jay) Lofthouse –Aquart, Tricia (Andy) Lofthouse-Meister; granddaughter, Stephenny (Adam) Lofthouse-Chavers; 2 grandsons, Jacob Lofthouse, Zac Lofthouse; great-grandson, Abram Chavers; and special sister in law, Susan Stone.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; step-son, Chuck Lofthouse; sister, Janice Curry.

   Herbert graduated from Lincoln High School and went thru the Machine Apprenticeship with Caterpillar Inc.  He was transferred to Dyersberg, TN to help open a new plant where he met Eileen, his one true love.  He retired from Caterpillar as a quality control supervisor after 45 years of service.

   He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville where he was active in the Choir, was President of the Cemetery Board, and served on the Church Council.  He was well known in the St. Ann Catholic Church family in Peoria, volunteering for many activities there and considered Fr. Terry Cassidy and Sister Judith Ann close friends.

   Herbert was also a member of the Farmington Sportsmen’s Club.

   Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bartonville with Rev. Michael Jones officiating.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel in Bartonville with further visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church.  Burial will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery. 

   Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or St. Ann Catholic Church.  Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Monday, August 19, 2013
  • Visitation Tuesday, August 20, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Herbert J. Aper

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Florence Jackson Woods

August 22, 2013

Herb was one of the nicest people I knew when our paths crossed at Bldg KK. Peace and blessings to his loved ones. RIP Herb.

Kim Robinson

August 22, 2013

Herb was a very sweet and smart man. He was always generous with his knowledge and would help people. I always loved his laugh.He will be missed.

Judy McBrayer

August 21, 2013

Herb was such a great guy! I worked with him at Caterpillar and he was always pleasant, a big smile, and a kind word. I was saddened to hear that he had passed away. My sympathy to the family. RIP Herb

August 20, 2013

Herb, to a kind and helpful neighbor it was a pleasure having met you,,,,God bless you and Your Family
The Lloyd Family ( Saddlebrook Neighbor)

Sheryl Bruninga

August 20, 2013

You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Herb and I go way back when he went to the Lutheran Church in Lincoln and me at St. John Lutheran and we were both involved in Luther League in the Peoria Area and the Northern Conferencce. He was a good Christian man and we will miss him at St. John Church. We will meet again someday. Ken & Sheryl

Kim Lamparski

August 20, 2013

Gonna miss u dad! We know you are watching over us now! Luv ya!

Bev Stephens

August 20, 2013

Eileen, there are no words which will comfort you. He is in a place now with no more suffering. We will all miss him, such a kind and gentle man, My thoughts and prayers are with you, along with so many you don't even know. May you find comfort in the family surrounding you and in the memories you have and the good life you had together. Love, Bev

August 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Herb's family. He always talked to me when I would be walking by. Always waved with a smile on his face. We will miss him.

Milton (Ernie) & Paula Clark

Carol Alwood

August 19, 2013

St. John Lutheran church and all who knew Herb are very saddened at the loss of a wonderful, caring friend. Tom and Carol

Al H

August 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you meet all your loved ones who preceded you when you get to the gates of Heaven.
Cousin Al